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November 26, 2007


Yesterday's additions to the constantly updated master list of online 2007 music lists:

Alex's blog (best albums)
I Never Win (top albums)
Stereophile (audio products)
Theena Kumaragurunathan (top albums)
writenoise (not cool musicians)

Nathan Willett and Matt Maust of the Cold War Kids talk to the San Francisco Chronicle.

I asked Willett why he had decided to tell stories in his songwriting.

"Because I noticed that when people don't come at it that way the songs lack thrust," he said. "And because so many of the songs I admired had stories, had characters. There's an element of timelessness that we respect. It's the idea that music has been going on longer than your style."

The Victoria Times Colonist lists ten examples where an artist's pain brought forth great music.

Brian Wilson talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about his solo career.

The New Yorker features new short fiction by Marisa Silver, "The Visitor."

The New York Daily News profiles spinART Records and TuneCore founder Jeff Price.

Nearly two years ago, Price launched TuneCore, a service that lets musicians put their work in online stores like iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster for a flat fee that he bills as "the price of a six-pack and a pizza."

Pitchfork interviews Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene.

Popmatters interviews Sunset Rubdown's Spencer Krug.

“There is so much music out there to sift through that if you have that opportunity to start a band while labels are looking at your city, then go with it. Who cares? Don’t get into the politics of it. People will decide on their own whether the band or musician is actually something they are interested in listening to again, if it is any good. They aren’t going to care if it’s from Canada or Sweden or the States. Whatever it is affiliated with is what gets it out there. It creates the buzz. I hate that word. You still have to do something good to make it last. It’s not like you can just ride that wave forever. People aren’t idiots. The whole Canadian thing was kind of cool for that reason but you want to talk about whether there is any fact or truth to it, I don’t know. I live in it. It’s hard for me to look at the Canadian scene objectively. I can’t really compare it to the West Coast American scene because I don’t know what that is.”

The trailer for the English language version of Marjane Satrapi's film Persepolis is online.

Last week, Five Chapters featured a new short story by George Singleton.

In the Huffington Post, Ken Levine discusses his favorite holiday music.

The New York Times reviews the sixth edition of the Shorter Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Of course this Shorter is necessarily a snapshot — a glimpse of a very great dictionary grappling with its tradition and ambitions, offering much that fascinates, along with much that vexes or perplexes.

The Steampunk-inspired Gelaskin for iPods has been added to my holiday wishlist.

Mike's Radio World lists streaming internet radio stations that play Christmas music, including my current favorite, SomaFM's Xmas in Frisko.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
Daily Downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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